How to Print on Acrylic using OrcoSperse™ Pigment Dispersions

Basic information regarding the printing on acrylic using OrcoSperse™ aqueous pigment dispersions is shown below.  There are many parameters and variables involved with pigment printing–pigment printing concerns itself with the following basic factors:


OrcoSperse™ are aqueous pigments nonionically or anionically dispersed. These may or may not be resin bonded.


This is a resinous material, usually acrylic or styrene butadiene latex which, in some cases, is compounded with a melamine formaldehyde resin to improve cross-linking and thus improving washfastness.

Clear Concentrate

This is usually a synthetic polymer dispersed in an emulsion or colloid which swells and increases in viscosity when dispersed in water usually with high shear mixers like a Barenco or a Hill homogenizer.


Pigment Printing Procedure:

  1. Prepare typical print paste(100 parts total) with the following:


  1. Charge tank as follows in order listed:


  1. Run a high-speed mixer 10-12 minutes until smooth.
  2. Add 5-10 parts Orco Low-Crock T-550™.
  3. Add desired amount of OrcoSperse™ Pigment print paste prepared above and continue mixing for 4-8 minutes until dispersion is complete.
  4. Check viscosity. If a higher viscosity is desired, add additional Orco Clear Conc SP-2™ with mixing for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Print material on either a flat-bed screen or rotary screen.
  6. Cure at a minimum of 275-300°F(135-150°C) for 60-90 seconds.

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